On July 23, 2019, Mack Molding’s summer interns boarded a bus to visit Mack Prototype in Gardner, Mass. It’s a yearly tradition and a highlight of the program, during which the students get to see firsthand how Mack Proto’s manufacturing processes including rapid prototyping, rapid tooling and low volume plastics molding complement Mack’s full suite of vertically-integrated contract manufacturing services.
Continued New Business Growth Drives Hiring at Molder & Contract Manufacturer
ARLINGTON, Vt. (Feb. 5, 2019) – Mack Molding has announced staffing additions across the Company, including new manufacturing, quality and engineering talent, human resources leadership in the company’s Southern Division and the return of three former interns to full-time positions.
“Our most recent batch of recruits represents a broad spectrum of new and experienced talent,” said Mack Molding President Jeff Somple. “We have now seen 19 former interns return to the fold in the last three years, and with the resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S. a greater interest from seasoned manufacturers and engineers necessary to provide leadership to our team and ensure our customers’ programs are successful.”
Trudy Hood has been appointed Mack Molding’s new Director of Human Resources for the Southern Division. Prior to Mack, Trudy most recently managed all human resources, safety, workers compensation, training and environmental functions for Ply Gen Siding Group’s Gaffney, S.C., facility. Prior to that she was corporate human resources manager for Core Molding Technologies, with responsibility for its U.S.-based plants and one facility in Mexico. In addition to having a bachelor of science in business administration from Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C., Trudy is a certified professional in human resources with more than 20 years of experience.
Jeanne LaFountain has joined the sales and engineering team as a program manager at the Company’s headquarters, providing leadership in regards to the customer relationship, planning, product realization and production, budget and cost management, and sales growth. Jeanne most recently worked as a process engineer at Spectrum Plastics Group in Glens Falls, N.Y., and gained additional experience as an associate process engineer at Latham, N.Y., based medical device manufacturer AngioDynamics. Jeanne has a bachelor of science degree in plastics engineering tech from Penn State Behrend in Erie, Penn.
Jonathan Scheiner has joined Mack’s Cavendish facility as manufacturing manager. A seasoned manufacturing leader, Jonathan brings 20 years of engineering, manufacturing and operational experience to the role. Prior to Mack he most recently he served as production manager for Canary Systems in New London, N.H., where he managed day-to-day production and office personnel. He garnered previous experience in management and leadership roles with Whitney Blake in Bellows Falls, Vt., and Precision Contract Manufacturing in Springfield, Vt. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technologies from Keene State College in Keene, N.H., and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Dwayne Hannam has been appointed to the role of manufacturing engineer on the manufacturing engineering team at the Company’s headquarters. Dwayne has a significant background in electrical engineering and prior to Mack most recently worked at NSK Americas in Bennington, Vt., starting as an electrical controls technician and assistant lead tech before being promoted to a manufacturing engineer. He previously built engineering expertise with Parker Hannifin in Long Island, N.Y., and as an electrician with LWD Construction in Jamaica, N.Y. He has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology in East Elmhurst, N.Y.
Former intern Ethan Marsh has returned to Mack as a metals manufacturing engineer at the Company’s headquarters. Ethan will be responsible for all metals manufacturing engineering requirements. Having spent more than 100 weeks in the Company’s halls as an intern and co-op, he brings a deep familiarity with Mack and its processes to the role. Most recently Ethan was a sheet metal design engineering intern. He previously served as a plastic design engineering intern, a medical manufacturing engineering intern and as a quality engineering and manufacturing intern. Ethan has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.
The quality team at Mack headquarters has welcomed Alistair Adams as a quality engineer with responsibility for compliance with our customers’ quality requirements. Before joining Mack, Alistair previously served as an aircraft mechanic with M1 Services. He also gained previous quality and engineering experience as an aircraft engine craftsman and later an aircraft engine maintenance instructor supervisor with the United States Air Force. Alistair has associate of applied science degrees in aerospace maintenance technology and instructor of military technology from the Community College of the Air Force, as well as a bachelor of science degree in physics from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.
Mack has welcomed Willie Wells to its to its Headquarters as a quality engineer, with responsibility for compliance with our customers’ quality requirements. Before joining Mack, Willie served as a quality front line manager at Unilever Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury, Vt. He also gained previous quality and engineering experience as a quality analysis/quality control engineer with C3NANO in Hayward, Calif. Willie has a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from San Jose State University in California, as well as a master of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Additionally, he is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and ASQ certified.
Dan Atkins has accepted the role of associate manufacturing engineer on manufacturing team at the Company’s headquarters, supporting manufacturing activities, including trouble-shooting day-to-day production issues, repairing production equipment, validating new processes and implementing continuous improvement initiatives, on medical programs. Dan has a bachelor of science in manufacturing engineering technology from Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Vt., where he also earned an associate of science degree in mechanical engineering technology.
Mack’s East Arlington, Vt., facility has welcomed Sarah Gilligan to the Mack North human resources team as an HR generalist. Sarah, who most recently served as a merchandise systems administrator at Orvis in Sunderland, Vt., before joining Mack previously served as a staff accountant and human resources coordinator at the Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester Center, Vt. She also previously gained HR experience as a recruiting and administrative assistant/intern at Creative Financial Staffing/BlumShapiro in West Hartford, Conn. A graduate of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn., she has a bachelor of science degree in business marketing.
Alex Bacon has joined the Company as a cost estimator in the purchasing department at headquarters; however, he first entered Mack’s doors as an intern in 2016. He will be responsible for providing cost and lead-time estimates for outside parts, tooling, materials, goods, and services in support of new product opportunities and product realization. During his tenure as a Mack intern, Alex developed a keen understanding of Mack’s programs and processes as he served on the metals, medical manufacturing, sales and engineering and materials management teams. He has a bachelor of science in business administration from Castleton University in Castleton, Vt.
Former intern Samantha Pearce has accepted a position as a human resources administrator, with responsibilities for orienting new employees, maintaining the integrity of physical and electronic files and generally supporting HR functions. She had previously served as a health services and human resources intern for the Company since 2016. She has a bachelor of science degree in public health from Rivier University in Nashua, N.H., and is currently working on her master of public health degree with the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.
About Mack Molding
Mack Molding is a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services. Mack specializes in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, full-service machining and medical device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, Mack is a privately owned business that operates 11 facilities throughout the world. Don Kendall is CEO and chairman. For more information, go to www.mack.com.
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Brad Williams, of Lake George, N.Y., is a senior at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., and a 2018 Mack summer intern. Brad has been working in the Company’s purchasing department with Supply Chain Manager Eric White and Medical Supply Chain Manager John Preiser.
“The goal of any ‘good’ internship is one that provides value to both employer and employee. I think we accomplished that with Brad this summer,” Eric said. “It was clear from the beginning that his curriculum prepared him for many of the day to day challenges we face. We had a huge amount of new product introduction activities this summer, and Brad played a significant role in helping out the purchasing department.”
It is a perfect fit for Brad, who is majoring in global supply chain management. He has spent the summer researching current topics and issues regarding supply chains, as well as filling out component quality requirements (CQR) paperwork, cutting purchase orders (POs) and debt memos.
“The work I’ve been doing this summer relates directly to my major,” Brad noted. “I now understand the importance of staying up to date and well versed on any findings in my field. If you don’t, you begin to fall behind.”
“Mack really cares about the work its interns are doing,” he said. “I’ve been working on projects that are giving me real experience and are expanding my knowledge. I’m also glad I get to spend my free time hiking and swimming, and playing my guitar.”
After graduating in December of this year, Brad plans to work in a supply chain buyer position.
One of Mack’s 2018 summer interns is Seth Judson of Sharon, Mass. Seth is a senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., where he majors in biomedical engineering with a concentration in material science.
Seth has been part of the Mack Medical team with Manufacturing Engineer Dick Turner, working on medical device programs. Over the summer Seth incorporated three major areas of focus into is work, including manufacturing engineering, continuous improvement and new process development. The continuous improvement projects have encompassed developing a sensor protector, a device to reduce tool wear and multiple error proofing fixtures. The continuous improvement projects revolved around utilizing SolidWorks 3D CAD software, while the new process development project included initiating process flow diagrams, Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEA), line layouts and interviewing potential suppliers of equipment.
“Seth is a very creative individual,” Turner said. “He is always thinking of ways to improve the projects he is working on.”
When Seth graduates in the spring he plans to work in the medical field. Seth heard about Mack Molding from a previous intern who also studied at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and decided to intern here this summer to learn more about manufacturing engineering.
“After working here at Mack, I have a better understanding of risk management and ergonomics, and will be able to use that knowledge at RPI, as well as in the workforce,” Seth said. “The best part of this internship is being able to do hands on manufacturing. We are able to, not only think of ways to improve processes, but also go out and implement those changes ourselves.”
He is also enjoying the great weather we are having this summer in Vermont.
“One of the best parts of spending my summer here is being so close to mountains for hiking,” he noted.
Aimee Frank, who will be a freshman at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., this fall, has been spending her summer as a Mack intern. In fact, Aimee has been working in the Company’s Finance Department for the past year. She plans to major in mechanical engineering.
During her senior year at Arlington Memorial High School, in Arlington, Vt. – home to Mack’s headquarters – she was given the opportunity to intern when not taking classes. That part-time, school-year internship turned into a full-time summer internship in the same department.
“Aimee works hard and has built great working relationships within our department,” said Mack’s Chief Financial Officer Florence Belnap. “She’s a quick learner and enthusiastically works on new projects. She has been a key helper during our year’s fiscal end, and we will miss her when she leaves for school in the fall. We all wish her the best of luck.”
While she dreams of working for NASA after graduating, Mack has been a great experience for her.
“I’ve been having a great time here this summer,” said Aimee. “Mack Molding is very involved with the Arlington community, and it is great to work for a company that cares so much about the success of its employees and interns.”
As a Finance intern, Aimee has been helping with check runs, keying invoices and completing bank reconciliations, as well as price checks. When she is not working hard at Mack, Aimee spends her time enjoying the outdoors.
“It’s so nice to be able to spend my summer here in Vermont,” she noted. “With all the nice weather, I’ve been able to work out, play soccer and swim with my friends. This has been a great way to spend my last summer before college.”